Quality Features

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Donald J. Wheeler
Last month we showed the X chart in figure 1. The four lowest values and the three highest values were seen to be “outliers” when we looked at the histogram. When we fitted a bell-shaped curve to...
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Dan Seal
Many of us in the aerospace community have come to know the value of data in the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (OASIS), a reliable resource for aerospace supplier certification and...
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Here’s a story that proves once again that exciting quality applications can occur anywhere in the world. BHP Billiton operates the EKATI Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territo­ries,...
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Walter Pastorius
Assemblers of large objects, such as automotive bodies, have strongly recognized the need to continually improve processes to enhance dimensional integrity of assemblies, maximize customer aesthetic...
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Mike Micklewright
Question: How do Somalian pirates differ from some Wall Street CEOs? Answer: A Somalian pirate takes hostages and demands money. A Wall Street CEO takes money and demands hostages. Without the...
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John W. Stoneback
Is your toolholder showing wear in the areas indicated on the toolholder shown? We’ve been asking this question for some time now, and we know the answer. Normally, close inspection of the tapered...
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Bill Kalmar
M ost of us, I suspect, have had a week that we would prefer relegating to our mental recycle bin. But every now and then we have a week that is truly remarkable. I recently had such a week that...
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Bill Kalmar
M ost of us, I suspect, have had a week that we would prefer relegating to our mental recycle bin. But every now and then we have a week that is truly remarkable. I recently had such a week that...
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Standards Council of Canada
Abiding by strict environmental rules can at times seem as much like a religion as a lifestyle. It’s often difficult and even conflicting to balance the intention to live “green” with the...
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Francisco Castaño, Gerardo Mendez, Julio Ayala, and Linda Day
The approach of using a Wiki to document a quality management system (QMS) may seem overwhelmingly obvious in a year or so, yet we are far from that today. Chances are you've used Wikipedia on the...
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Michael Casey
S ince 1979, an automotive-parts manufacturer had one premier product that is used by automakers such as General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Mercedes, and Daimler-Chrysler. For competitive...
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Bill Kalmar
Since the year 2000, we have either been mesmerized, entertained, or in my case, irritated by a TV program called “Survivor.” Contestants on this show are isolated in the wilderness and compete...
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Mark Albert
Many shops have implemented computerized systems to gather data for production reporting, quality control, statistical process control (SPC), and tool management. Stephen Birman, president of High...
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Patrick Sweeney
A work instruction is a tool provided to help someone do a job correctly. This simple statement implies that the purpose of the work instruction is quality and that the target user is the worker....
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Mike Micklewright
Question: How is the octuplets mom similar to an American CEO? Answer: She outsourced the main process, she made more inventory than she can properly care for, and she expects bail-outs for her...
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Thomas R. Cutler
Story update 6/03/2011: The first two paragraphs following the subhead "ISO 22000 users" were changed.   Regulatory and standards compliance is a requirement that meets with regular...
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Thomas R. Cutler
Story update 6/03/2011: The first two paragraphs following the subhead "ISO 22000 users" were changed.   Regulatory and standards compliance is a requirement that meets with regular...
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Peter J. Sherman
For the record, I’m a registered Independent voter. With that said… Recently, President Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg, unexpectedly withdrew from the position. Was it...
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Bill Kalmar
To be a quality professional means that you must have a trained eye and a sensitive ear for the delivery of exceptional service. We appear to be a group of people who have set the bar so high that...
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Steve Rogers
Today’s manufacturers must develop products quickly and inexpensively to meet the demands of a competitive marketplace. Rigorous testing to meet North American product certification requirements may...